Innovative Energy Solutions

IES Project Introduction

Our project is for a 135 unit, affordable housing development featuring the following key components:

  • Significant Reduction in Electrical Grid Peak Demand
  • HVAC system that is all electric and carbon free
  • Simultaneous Heating and Cooling Water Source Heat Pumps
  • Hyper Efficient Energy Recovery Air Handling Unit
  • Building Automation with a 7 Day Weather Forecast
  • Large Thermal Battery
  • A Thermal Energy Network (connects to existing campus resources)
  • This infrastructure will help support adjacent, future campus developments of 650 apartments and 65,000 sqft of retail.

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Business As Usual vs AXC's Approach

Building heating and cooling systems have often been designed as separate systems.  This dynamic often leads to situations where energy, and money, is unnecessarily wasted.

A better approach is to use thermal energy already in the building to satisfy all loads before the system injects or rejects heat.

Going It Alone vs Teamwork

Often times HVAC designs use a single system to address all heating and cooling needs.  However, buildings can achieve the same results in a more efficient manner using a team of different systems.

Air, Ground and Thermal Batteries

Air Source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Wells serve as heat injection or rejection sources – though we propose using them in a slightly different manner than the typical implementation. 


Thermal batteries will allow the system to further enhance the system’s efficiency.  This application allows for slow charging and rapid discharging delivering the necessary capacities with on compromises on performance.

Building Automation Systems

Building automation is essential for a project to reach the industry leading energy efficiency performance.  The historical trending capabilities along with a 7 day forecast allow the system to know how to meet upcoming loads in the most efficient manner.

Design Day Peak Load Management

Managing the thermal peaks and valleys allows for systems to operate at at higher efficiencies while simultaneously smoothing out demand on the electric grid. 

Simultaneous Heating and Cooling

Most buildings pay for heating energy (usually from a fossil fuel source) while also providing cooling to parts of the building and exhausting that energy away into the atmosphere.


A better way is to provide heating to the building with energy extracted from areas of the building that need cooling.  This is the most efficient way to satisfy heating and cooling requirements. 

Carbon Free Ventilation

Nearly all energy recovery units today still need some form of cooling and heating after the energy recovery medium.  Usually, the energy source for the heating coil is fossil fuel based.


Our approach removes carbon from the equation all while delivering world class efficiencies.  This approach brings healthy air and improved cognitive benefits within reach.

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